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FINDING out whether you’re among the one in 500 people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy could save your life - and could prevent the sudden death of someone you love, says the October 2013 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Heart Letter.

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HEART-healthy meals require planning ahead to have happy holiday feasts, by thinking about how to avoid potential pitfalls - but it doesn’t mean starving yourself before and after an overindulgence, nor does it mean you or your guests have to go on a diet; although it is easier said than it might sound, says the November 2013 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Heart Letter.

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BASED on a landmark federal study three years ago which found that the annual screening of older smokers and former smokers with special low-dose CT scans substantially reduces deaths from lung cancer - plus the fact that lung cancer kills 160,000 Americans a year, accounting for nearly one-third of all cancer deaths and more than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined - the American Cancer Society and American Lung Association last year endorsed such screening; and now, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of experts who advise the government, has issued recommendations supporting annual screening, says the November 2013 issue of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter.

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HEALTH organizations such as the American Heart Association and American Society of Hypertension (hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure) recommend that individuals with high blood pressure monitor their readings more often at home since, for the millions of women with high blood pressure, intermittent blood pressure checks at the doctor’s office might not be enough, says the October 2013 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

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BASED on an extensive analysis of medical research conducted between 1960 and 2011, in March, the American College of Gastroenterology released updated clinical guidelines for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) - a common, distressing condition that affects millions of Americans, says the August 2013 issue of the Johns Hopkins’ Medicine Health After 50.

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